Dancing With the Stars’ Elizabeth Berkley on Learning From Val Chmerkovskiy — Exclusive
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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars’ Elizabeth Berkley on Learning From Val Chmerkovskiy — Exclusive

Dancing With the Stars 2013 has been full of twists and turns this season, from shocking eliminations (Christina Milian and Mark Ballas) to serious injuries (Bill Nye) to interesting homages (Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff’s High School Musical theme), but according to celeb contestant Elizabeth Berkley, the best is still to come.

While the former Saved by the Bell star didn’t dish about her upcoming Showgirls-themed dance (following her SBTB tribute), she opened up to Wetpaint Entertainment about how much partner Val Chmerkovskiy has taught her and why they’ll go far.

“I absolutely love learning from him. He’s a great teacher; he’s sometimes tough on me, but only when he knows he can bring out the best,” she revealed at the Valentin clothing launch on October 17 at Philippe in Beverly Hills. “He’s supportive and loving, and what you want in a teacher and a partner is someone who can see what you’re capable of beyond even what you think you are, and I feel that with him. I trust him, which is great.”

In fact, she isn’t just learning from him in their rehearsals — she watched his former Cha-Cha videos on YouTube to pick up additional skills! “I just wanted to familiarize myself with the Cha-Cha because I’ve never done it in my life,” she said. “So I got to see kind of the strength and the sexuality to some of the moves. As Val said to me, ‘It’s not ‘sha-sha, it’s Cha-Cha for a reason.’ So I’m not going to give ‘sha-sha’ — I’m going to give Cha-Cha!”

However, Elizabeth also understands that she can’t rely on great scores to stay in the competition. As seen last week, Christina and Mark scored the first 10 of the season, yet were sent packing at the end of the episode due to low fan votes. Elizabeth notes that it was a “very intense night” and very surprising, but she is staying positive. “There are things that are within your control and then you just hope that the fans and people at home are voting and supporting,” she admitted. “I’m grateful we seem to have a lot of support, so we just want to work hard and keep bringing great dances every week.”

What do you think of Elizabeth and Val? Sound off below, and catch DWTS tonight, Monday, October 21, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Reporting by Lindsey Jordahl.

Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.